Abortion by definition is the destruction of the fetus in the womb; an agent which induces abortion. Any agent, as a drug, or procedure used to destroy a fetus. An act or plan that is halted before completion causing the cessation of the life of the unborn.
The debate over abortion has continued for decades The response of the Christian church has been virtuously unanimous against abortion yet many Christians cannot give biblical grounds for their position. Our position is that abortion is covered under the sixth commandment, “thou shalt not kill.” Exodus 20:13. The correct rendering is “thou shalt not murder.” Premeditated taking of the life of a fetus is an abomination and murder in the eyes of God. Some would argue or question as to whether the Bible recognizes the fetus as a living being or not.
We will begin by saying that there is no direct passage in the scriptures that addresses the issue of abortion. Having said that, there are scripture references that deal distinctly with the fetus being considered by Almighty God as a living being. One of the most quoted passages in the Old Testament that refers to the womb and the child in the womb is Jeremiah 1:5. This refers to Jeremiah’s call to be a prophet of God.
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
God had sanctified or set apart Jeremiah before he was born, more specifically before Jeremiah was formed in the womb. If the fetus is not considered a living being until after exiting the womb then why did Almighty God have Jeremiah on His mind even before he came forth from the womb? As a matter of fact, the scripture here states that God knew Jeremiah before he was ever formed in the womb. God’s concern for people does not begin at birth. It begins at conception or in the mind of Almighty God even before conception.
The scriptures teach that God has a well thought out plan and purpose for our lives even before we are formed in the womb. The apostle Paul in the New Testament says the same thing as Jeremiah.
V15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
V16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
Paul was separated or sanctified from his mother’s womb to preach the gospel among the heathen. God had a plan and purpose for Paul’s life just as He did for Jeremiah’s life, just as He does for all, even before they are formed in the womb.
V13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
V13(Amplified Bible) For you did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb.
V14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
V15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
V16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
It is clear from this passage that we were created and formed in the womb. According to verse 16, we can see God planning our entire life, a life that began in the womb, not at birth. The fifteenth verse describes our development in the womb as being intricately and curiously wrought.
V9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
V10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and cruddled me like cheese?
V11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.
Job here speaks of the forming of skin and flesh, of bones and sinews inside the womb. Job is complaining here reminding God how He created him in the womb. He thinks at this point that it is God trying to harm him.
V3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?
V18 Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!
Did not he that made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?
Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from afar; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.
The unborn are precious and valuable unto God Almighty because he created them. He is the one that gives live to them. He is at work forming that individual life in the womb of the mother. Isaiah says that God’s plan for his life was given even while in his mother’s womb.
There are many women today that abort due to crisis pregnancies. The Bible gives guidance on this problem. The story of Hagar and Ishmael in the Book of Genesis tells of how God cared for her and her unborn child after being rejected and cast out from Abraham’s family. Having fled to the desert, the Angel of the Lord met her and told her that He would multiply her seed exceedingly that it could not be counted.
V10 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude
V11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord has heard thy affliction.
The name, “Ishmael”, means “because the LORD has heard your cries.” God knows the circumstances that Hagar was facing. He was moved to care for her and her unborn son. Hagar’s name means “God who sees me.” God sees and hears the needs of the mother and the unborn child. He does not choose one life over the other. Each is preciously valuable to Almighty God and He is responsible to care for both. God’s care for people begins even before the womb. Jeremiah 1:4-5 proves this. The development of the unborn in the womb as well as the care for the mother during times of crisis pregnancies can be seen as one stage along the way as God being active in all the affairs of all lives at all times.
For any woman contemplating abortion we would plead with them to not do so. Regardless of how that pregnancy occurred, we are adamantly opposed to ending the life of the unborn. For those women that have gone through an abortion and are now struggling spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, we say God is a God of forgiveness, restoration, healing and peace. Through the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ at Calvary and the continuing work of the Holy Spirit, God the Father will heal and restore such women to a place of acceptance in His love and care.